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's kelly o'donnell. kelly, i've had a lot today about the house bill going to one -- go to the senate and getting amended. is this some kind of smoke screen for house republicans or is there some legislative need to use the vehicle that's already been passed? >> well, at the risk of this being the "eyes glazed over" moment you're dealing with something essentially taxes. and the constitution and the laws make it a requirement that that originate in the house of representatives. they have the power of the purse. one of the challenges beyond the political arguments and the handshake-style deal-making that we hope will happen in the next few days there are the me canics of getting it done and getting it done in time. now, i'm always surprised by procedure that there's a way to pull a rabbit out of a hat when they have agreement. but there are steps to be taken. will they allow for much debate? will the house take a look what the senate has done? the big power shift here, richard, is we've been so focused the house and the talks were focused the president and speaker boehner. when he was
, john harris, kelly o'donnell, michelle caruso-cabrera and david ignatius with "the washington post." first up, will president obama convince republicans to give him a compromise that's big enough, sweeping enough to end this month on a high note? to cap off his election win and get a clean start on his second term. a victory for the president would look like this -- get that top income tax rate up. make minimal concessions on entitlement cuts and get it done before the end of this month, avoid that cliff. this week the president said talk on a partial deal on taxes alone will not cut it with him. >> there have been reports that perhaps the republicans go ahead and let the middle class tax cuts get extended, the upper income tax cuts go up, otherwise we don't get a deal and next year we come back. i have to just tell you, that's -- that is a bad strategy for america. it's a bad strategy for your businesses, and it is not a game that i will play. chris: he wants a pretty good deal, a lot of things in it. when he sits down in that room with he and boehner, it's come down to the two of
? >> reporter: it's a good question, craig. actually kelly o'donnell reporting some more of this from the hill. she says that income level of $400,000 that the president had more recently offered as the place beneath which he wanted to make sure there was an extension of the bush era tax cuts according to kelly not a part of this plan. democrats say that offer for the president which represented a compromise that we had heard about last week as part of a bigger proposal is not a part of the plan to be discussed behind closed doors. only a short time from now. the real question is where that number will be. not the $250,000 you presumed that republicans balked at long ago. perhaps closer to $500,000. given the fact that house speaker john boehner couldn't get his own conference to pass tax cuts for those making less than $1 million, it seems like it's still a tough drag for all those behind closed doors a short time from now. we saw the vice president joe biden arriving here in the white house within the last ten minutes or so. one attendee as it were. the other four top lawmakers from the capi
the deal and possibly vote on it as well. capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us from capitol hill. good afternoon to you now. did i lay that out about right? is that the best case scenario for how things are supposed to play out? >> reporter: while we are waiting, like waiting for paint to dry or a jury to come back with a verdict, it's difficult to say how it will come out. they say 3:00 p.m. deadline that word might be strong but the intent there is that with members coming back both in the senate and the house, they don't want them to be here with nothing to do. sort of their own minideadline to get resolved the conversations going on through the weekend. senior republicans here were concerned about some of what the president said, that interview with david gregory was taped yesterday. they described it as discordant remarks based on the fact harry reid and mitch mcconnell were working at it and continue to do so with their top staff and the representatives as well. where are we? i have been told there's movement from both sides that is considered constructive. it's not so
. we begin our coverage with nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. kelly, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, natalie. the mood here really feels like resignation, that the fiscal cliff deadline will come and go, and no agreement reached. democrats and republicans say they want progress, but there is nothing to report. but there are plenty of recriminations about which party is to blame. the president left his family in hawaii to return to washington. with the help of the economy and a bank account of every american family on the line. but the back and forth bickering continues. >> the only people in america who don't think taxes should be raised on the ridge are the republicans who work in this building. >> make no mistake. the only reason democrats have been trying to deflect attention on to me and my colleagues over the past few weeks, they don't have a plan of their own that could get bipartisan support. >> reporter: taxes go up for every worker next week. unemployment benefits for those out of the job longest run out. deep spending cuts kick in that could hast
american? we have all of it covered, and we begin with nbc's kelly o'donnell for the latest from capitol hill. kelly? >> reporter: good evening, kate. well, congress is out of time, and frustrations are really running over. and while democrats and republicans say they want to find a solution and they are working toward that, they don't have a deal yet, and that means for now there is nothing to vote on before tonight's deadline. with your money on the line, tonight washington can only claim progress. but not success. >> it appears that an agreement to prevent this new year's tax hike is within sight. but it's not done. >> we're very, very close. >> reporter: close comes after intense, closed-door negotiations that kept even most members of congress in the dark. the white house and senate leaders have been trying to beat a deadline they created to stop massive tax increases and automatic spending cuts that could trigger another recession. but one breakthrough did come today. >> i can report that we've reached an agreement on all of the tax -- the tax issues. >> reporter: a genuine comprom
the endorsement, some others viewed it as a threat to american's sovereignty. kelly o'donnell has more on how the emotional vote unfolded on the senate floor. >> reporter: once a giant of the senate, visible in the corner of the c-span camera, though frail and rarely seen in public, bob dole, the presidential candidate, champion of disabled rights, tried to change the contentious spirit of this senate for disabled people around the world. >> that's why an 89-year-old veteran, one week removed from bethesda naval hospital comes back to the senate on an early december day because it matters. >> reporter: matters to people like disabled veteran, dan, who lost both legs in afghanistan. >> only by voting in favor of the disanlt isabilities treaty truly honoring the sacrifice of those disabled. >> reporter: advocates say the treaty would promote equal rights and better treatment for the disabled. inspired by u.s. law, the americans with s s with disabi. >> i come to the floor with a bit of a heavy heart. all right like john, john kerry and john mccain are combat veterans who aspired to the white h
? joining me from the hill is nbc's kelly o'donnell. kelly, i've heard a lot about the house bill going from one to senate and getting amended. is this a smoke screen? or is there some legislative need to use the vehicle that's been passed. >> well, being this the eyes glazed over for a moment, you're dealing with something that is about essentially taxes. and the constitutions and the laws make it so that it's a requirement that originate in the house of representatives. one of the challenges beyond the political arguments and the handshakes dial deal making that we hope will happen over the next few days, there are the mechanics of getting it done and getting it done in time. now, i'm always surprised by procedure that there is a way to pull a rabbit out of a hat when they have an agreement. but there are steps that need to be taken. will they allow for debate? the big power shift is that we have been so focused on the house on what speaker boehner could or could not do. when he was unable to get enough votes for his idea to have the income tax threshold be at a million dollar, when that d
:30 p.m. eastern time. with all that happening, let's get right to our daily fix. nbc's kelly o'donnell on capitol hill, nbc's kristen welker at the white house, and jonathan capehart, washington post editorial writer and my colleague and an msnbc contributor. okay, kelly. the action is on the hill where it's been for the last few days. let's start with you. this is a fast-moving story. give us the latest perimeters of what appears -- i emphasize appears to be the start of a deal. >> well, it has been coming closer together, so we are told. the question is what will the president be saying, and senior advisors here as well as senators i've spoken to say they do not expect that he is making any nounment of a deal, so we'll wait for the white house to determine that for sure. what we've been hearing is that they have moved off the issue of taxes and have been more focused on the nature of spending cuts. with republicans and democrats in two different places. democrats would like to delay the automatic spending cuts that would kick in at midnight for two years. republicans would like to de
and democratic strategist keith boykin and republican strategist allison stewart. kristen, kelly o'donnell was saying earlier today that many on the hill see bynum's entrance into the negotiations as a good sign, that something could happen here. why is biden in a unique position here? >> happy new year's eve to you as well. vice president biden served as a u.s. senator for more than 30 years. few people really understand the way these types of negotiations work like he does. in addition to that, equally importantly, 23 of those years were spent serving alongside minority leader mitch mcconnell. so they have a good working relationship, good personal relationship. you remember that yesterday mcconnell said he needs a dance partner in these negotiations. he didn't feel as though they were moving forward. so he reached out to vice president biden. biden engaged. and what looked like a stalemate yesterday really has begun to move forward overnight, the two on the phone late into the evening until midnight i am told working out the details of a compromise. their staffers on the phone into the
it all at both ends of pennsylvania avenue. kelly o'donnell's nbc capitol hill correspondent, and nbc's peter alexander joins us live from the white house. kelly, i want to start with you. wow, was there a lot of drama on capitol hill last night. i am interested, where do we go from here? the house is now in adjournment until christmas. boehner with a 10:00 a.m. press conference today. what do we expect him to say, kelly, and what's next? >> well, the signal we expect from the speaker is to say he is ready to move on now. they tried this. he was ultimately trying to send a message that republicans would go along with some tax increases in order to move the president. it was a show vote in the sense it was never going to become law. but it was intended to shape the debate and maybe to give him more leverage in trying to get the best deal possible. now, the republicans who wouldn't go along in part because it's in their dna to oppose any increase on taxes even for the 0.2%, but also because they were concerned that they be on the record for making this vote going for higher taxes withou
in capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. kelly, the house majority leader eric cantor issued a warning and optics matter and to see that shot in the middle of everything else makes it even more interesting. >> reporter: it it can certainly ir rate voters. the practical side those members not at the table negotiating things like the fiscal cliff and the role is something to vote on and so getting back to their districts, some of them say to you having a chance to talk with voters at home is valuable. many of them have fairly packed schedules for events at home but then you have to weigh it against the appearance of people leaving the capitol and does that suggest to people at home they aren't really as nose to the grindstone as they might be? it's an eye of the beholder moment and when you talk about a lame duck congress, here we are with many of these members waiting to have their new colleagues come in this january and tackle some of the big problems and looming deadlines. how do they shake it snout over time we have seen that the lake duck sessions are sometimes not very productive.
correspondent kelly o'donnell. kelly, of course, senator kerry, perhaps secretary of state to be john kerry, is talking about the fact that the state department usually does bear the brunt of spending cuts when these negotiations happen to try to cut spending when budget hits. and that's what some in the state department had blamed for the quote having to pick and choose and prioritize security at diplomatic posts. >> i think people are looking at it differently now because as you point out, often those budget battles tend to direct more money toward the department of defense. and people don't look at the state department security, at least up until this event, as having the same sort of u.s. protection component. so it has not gotten the same attention that some certainly democrats are pushing. also today, though, we're hearing from republicans frustration directed at those two deputy secretaries of state for why have they not specifically asked for more resources when they had sufficient warning of some earlier, smaller attacks and some intelligence gathering. now there was an acknowledgm
's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly o., i'm looking at the clock, we are now 14 hours and 58 minutes from going over the fiscal cliff. let's outline -- >> reporter: but who's counting, right, chris? >> yeah, who's counting? let's go over for people, what remains unresolved? it seems like two weeks ago they were pretty well set on the basic parameters of this thing, so let's talk about what's left to deal on? >> reporter: well, there are some significant differences, but there has been progress. i've been talking to sources who say that the vice president and mitch mcconnell stayed on the phone exchanging calls until around midnight last night and that staffers who are key to this process continue talking after that. as you know, there are very few people in the room, so to speak, who really have their fingerprints on whatever deal may eventually come and what has been passed between the two sides so far. about six proposals back and forth, and i'm told that the most recent proposal from democrats, which happened saturday night, was to move the income t
are. kelly o'donnell joins us and we welcome back nbc's white house correspondent kristin welker. kelly, we've been reporting about the senate closing down for the night, the house as well. what do we know? >> reporter: the signal that the member have gone home doesn't mean the conversations have ended for the night because it's a small group of people who are in on the details of trying to put a deal together. i'm told the republican leader in the senate mitch mcconnell continued to work phones with vice president joe biden and that in effect biden has stepped in the place of harry reid, the top democrat in the senate. at least for now. reid and mcconnell had been trying to negotiate a deal over the weekend. they hit a road block. and because mcconnell has worked with biden over many years, when he was in the senate, he reached out to the vice president and said, perhaps joe biden could help jump start things. that's where we are now. there was a lot of fatigue and weariness as the day went on the without a package for members to consider. there was a lot of back and forth, as y
correspondent, political director and host of "the daily rundown and kelly o'donnell. chuck, to you. let's talk about not necessarily demint about what this means in the broader movement. he went to the face of the tea party movement, the face of it in the senate. it stunned me when i heard about it. what's your reaction? what does it tell us about the tea party and the conservative movement generally? >> what a leading member of the conservative movement said to me, which was, jim demint made the decision to resign his senate seat to become the ceo of the conservative movement. if there was a way to become a bigger player in the conservative movement, that is what you would do, resign your senate seat. think about that. if is -- it is -- and in fact, as jim demint's right -- but if you make this call where can you have the mosten fluence? you feel like the effort is leaderless -- and there's an argument to be made that it is -- better off working inside the elected -- the elected claim ber of the united states stat or better off resigning and becoming head of the -- head of heritage? it was a
-- no, i said that. joining us now from capitol hill, nbc news capitol hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell. i don't think you've left there. you just live there now, day and night. >> reporter: that's okay. i've got a nice sleeping bag, so it's okay. >> yeah, cots. all right. so what's the latest at this hour? >> reporter: well, i just picked up on the last bit of your conversation, and i think that there are some things to point out in terms of just talking to some of the members in the hallways here. i do think that there is a frustration in both parties that seems pretty evenly split about wanting to get something done. so where does that take us? well, there are a number of republican senators who say they are ready to make a deal. and i think as dan pointed out, there are some very intransigent republicans in the house who are much more opposed to this. but if you can't get democrats to go along, you could see a coalition building. can this happen today? it seems hard to comprehend that in the hours left, it can be done. but something could be done over time. and members i've talked t
fix, nbc white house correspondent peter alexander. nbc's kelly o'donnell live on capitol hill. and jonathan capeheart. peter, let me start with you. there's this meeting at 3:00 p.m. at the white house between the president and congress allege leaders. any optimism there? there's some -- little bit of a trickle of maybe some sort of compromise deal with rates starting at 400,000 instead of 2 r50. how is the white house feeling about this meting coming up at 3:00? is this more important show? >> at the white house at least from the conversations we have had with aides and other members of the staff, it is pretty clear they recognize that this is a big deal. they also recognize that they think the ground rules remain the same. reporters like myself back to exactly what the president said a week ago was the fact that he wanted to extend the bush era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000 and focusing on the unemployment insurance for more than 2 million americans who are already receiving letters within the next days. as early as tomorrow, luke, they will stop getting those
o'donnell on capitol hill with the very latest on the ongoing negotiations. kelly? >> reporter: good evening, kate. well there are emotional swings around here and aides tell me six proposals shuttled back and forth two from democrats, four from republicans and still working on those. one of the biggest sticking points is should new leff new from tax increases be used to pay down the country's deficit or used to cover the cost of preventing sweeping government spending cuts? no ordinary sunday. arriving at the capitol, congressional leaders' every move and every word under scrutiny, as the country waits, weighing in from the white house, the president, who appeared on "meet the press," pushed republicans to give on taxes. >> i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> reporter: inside closed door negotiations this weekend, aipds say there have been "constructive move." on key issues like taxes, including compromise
: and over on capitol hill tonight, nbc's kelly o'donnell reports that the political balance in this, natalie, is critical to get a deal done, to get a deal passed before the deadline, saying that an agreement between republican and democratic senate leaders could give cover to their house counterparts for bipartisan support. by the way, there is one other element that could be a part of this last-minute agreement. that is the farm bill, potentially being extended. that would prevent, as reported here on "nightly news" last night, milk prices from doubling, even as early as the start of the new year. >> peter alexander for us at the white house. thanks so much, peter. >>> the financial markets are watching this all very closely as well. and wall street was spooked today. stocks plunged as that meeting at the white house was ending with still so much uncertainty. the dow closed down 158 points, the nasdaq fell, and the s&p 500 lost nearly 16 points. its fifth down session in a row. >>> and with more on all of this is cnbc washington correspondent, john harwood. john, seeing how the markets rea
, capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. welcome both. chris and kelly, we've been through this before. we've seen this manufacture before, but now we are a couple of days before the christmas break, and both sides now, kelly, acknowledging that congress is going to go home for christmas without a deal. >> that's right. they are going to have to put this off in that period between christmas and new year's, and we have seen the movie that tells us deadlines are what reach results here. we're not quite on the deadline yet. all of it with staff and families and all the obvious reasons that people want to be home for christmas, maybe being home they'll hear feedback as well to get a deal. they're going to take that break. at least on the senate side, we know for sure. we don't have the house schedule just yet, but you would presume they would do the same thing. today the house vote on this so-called plan b, an alternative to the kind of grand bargain that the president and speaker boehner may be able to achieve, that's getting a lot of criticism from democrats. it's being called a waste of
's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell has more. kelly, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, willie. the top two democrats and republicans from the house and senate will sit down with the president middle of the afternoon. but we should tell you that behind the scenes the most senior staffers who have been given the task of negotiating have continued their conversations looking for ways to try to bring a deal together. while the elected officials know they need to be more visible. >> mr. speaker, we ought to be here working, addressing these challenges. >> reporter: under pressure to show up, even if there is no deal to consider, congress will work this holiday weekend. the deadline is so close, outgoing members have already packed up their offices and need to move out while the harsh tone is going nowhere. >> the american people, i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house of representatives. it's being operated with a dictatorship of the speaker. >> the president shows, instead, to spend his time on the campaign trail. >> reporter:
to be concerned. >> dr. raj, thank you. erica? >>> there is still no deal. can a deal be reached in time? kelly o'donnell is on capitol hill. >> countdown to midnight is actually a celebration on this day, but that is not the case here. there has been some constructive movement on issues like all kinds of new taxes that could go into effect. the real problem is a battle over spending. today there is a change in who is leading the talks. after working through the weekend, holiday good wishes gave way to pessimism, following a sunday night meeting of house republicans. >> the future of the country, you know, rests in the hands of 70 and 80-year-olds who have jet lag it's probably not the best thing but that's all right. >> reporter: no deal struck and so no vote to take over big tax increases sperng s increases, spending cuts. some lawmakers saying they're embarrassed. >> something has gone terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> reporter: since friday, the democrats' point man has been majority leader harry reid. >> everybody should hang loose. because w
%. the disapproval number. joining me in from washington, kelly o'donnell. let's talk about why the conversation last night fell apart with the president and the speaker. this issue of extending the tax cuts for the wealthy. speaker boehner said that was not a part of his proposal. >> one of the things we have been observing is the president and speaker have been trying to lockdown as much as possible the secrecy or privacy may be a better word of their conversations to get to an eventual deal if they can get there. by that i mean there fewer staffers involve and member who is would typically have standing to be included in these negotiations. it's such a tight focus of the president and the speaker. characterizing the nature of the phone calls is keeping the public aspect moving forward. it allows the president to have public events. we have seen him meet with business leaders and mayors and be able to make his argument to the american people. republicans had a harder time of that because they are not in the same position to hold the public events. speaker boehner's approval rating is taking a beati
committee started an hour ago. nbc news capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell joins us. we know it was early on about susan rice and now at a hearing you have some conservatives who perhaps would like to take on secretary of state hillary clinton but are either afraid or don't have the proper ammunition with the report to take her on. nevertheless, how much is she a focus of some of the questions and comments today? >> reporter: well, there's certainly high interest in having hillary clinton testify and her aides are telling the appropriate committees here that she will appear in january. so that sort of took some of the air out of that balloon about whether or not she would come here and explain. so she has two of the deputies here and the focus has shifted away from susan rice and about basically resources, was there enough available? in terms of money and security. and did the state department manage it properly? they acknowledge what they call a systemic failure allowing for the ambassador to be in a place he didn't have sufficient security. they said they're making changes
with us tonight. >> thank you. >> let's take a live look at the senate floor. kelly o'donnell reports there there will be no votes tonight. let's bring in ryan grim, washington bureau chief, and robert costa, washington editor with the national review. good to see both of you. ryan, give us what you know, what's going on right now? >> there was some reporting earlier that reid had made a counteroffer to republicans. that's not true. that was a misunderstanding. so at this point, we're stalled. negotiations will continue through the night. reid said everybody can go home until about 11:00 tomorrow. tomorrow is new year's eve, for those paying attention. and apparently, there's no dignity left in the senate or house and they will be in tomorrow on new year's eve pretending like they're going to get to some kind of resolution here. >> what do we know about where they are, robert? did the inclusion of the vice president make any difference? what do you know? >> i think that's a key point, chris. tin collusion of vice president biden in these talks means that though these talks are stalled
hammered out over several days. however, the big sticking point, and kelly o'donnell is reporting this from the hill all morning, the main sticking point is sequester. democrats are calling to stave it off for a year new through new revenues but republicans want to see spending cuts to stave it off. that's the final sticking point in the final hours of these negotiations. you heard president obama concede this is not a perfect deal. he said he wanted a big deal that dealt with both tax reform and deficit reduction. you also heard him talk about the fact that the new revenues would be hundreds of billions of dollars. what he initially wanted was about $1.6 trillion so this is a compromise on his part, as well. republicans initially coming, raising their offer so they kind of came to the middle on that point. but, again, the one sticking point that remains, the sequester and what negotiators continue to hammer out. vice president biden playing a key role in the negotiations having served more than 30 years in the senate. he knows how these types of negotiations get done. really, better than a
/cheney senior adviser robert trainum. kelly o'donnell has just reported some of the latest information. we heard there was progress overnight and we understand vice president biden and republican leader mitch mcconnell exchanged phone calls until about midnight and their aides then continued to work and we've been reporting the various areas of progress including the fact that there seems to be agreement on a new income threshold of $450,000 a year. we know yesterday that the republicans backed off on social security but sequestration is the sticking point. of course democrats say they are arguing that the new revenue generated by tax increases, especially if reduced from the democrats' earlier target, should be used to cover the costs of delaying those automatic spending cuts by two years. what are the chances the two sides are going to come together on this? >> well, first of all let's back up for a second and applaud vice president biden and leader mcconnell for working together? a bipartisan fashion. it seems like they clearly have a relationship together. they've been in the senate for 25 y
hill correspondent, kelly o'donnell. >>> waiting for action here today. >> reporter: it seems pretty quiet at the moment, steve. it's one of those things where you feel like something big is going to happen but as you walk through the corridors here, it seems pretty quiet at the moment. >> well, we have all sorts of conflicting reports out there about what the broad framework would be if there's going to be a deal. i guess the big stumble bling block is number one, what is the fresh hold be for the tax income? $250,000 which obama originally proposed? $400,000 which he supposedly offered in a revised offer a week ago? and then, of course, the status of the sequester. we have $1.2 trillion in cuts over ten years, half from defense and half from nondefense discretionary spending. is there any indication if there's a deal today what they're talking about in terms of those two issues? >> we're reading tea leaves but we can say that on saturday there were the most senior-level staffers who were doing the nitty-gritty negotiations. we're told paper was exchanged back and forth meaning prop
, kra, managing editor of post politics.com and capitol hill correspondents, nbc's kelly o'donnell and luke russert. kelly, to you, because this vote in the senate, john kerry led the way, it was bipartisan, in support. they needed 6 votes. it's a treaty, two-thirds of the senate and it failed. talk to me about all the ramifications here. >> it's not that often andrea, you know this, when votes on the senate floor can draw such powerful emotions and even tears from members of the gallery who attend in the public seats that are not in camera view. but we had that today. there was strong, passionate feelings about this for those in support of the treaty, which essentially as they describe it would encourage the world to live up to the same standard that the u.s. has had these past 20 years and would not allow discrimination against persons with disabilities around the world. and yet, those opponents had concern about the fact it's a u.n. treaty, raised questions about could it give in essence cover to countries that don't do a very good job but could be saying they signed on to this
's guess. joining me now for our daily fix, nbc's kelly o'donnell is live on capitol hill. kelly, i want to start with you. senator scott brown just tweeted out to all his followers that he was getting on a plane heading to washington. the president has apparently sent over a new deal to the senate. what can you tell us about this new fiscal cliff deal that president obama has sent over to senator leaders? >> well, the power of social media to get the word out. gop sources say in the conversation with the president, he indicated that he does have a bill he would like to bring forward to the hill today. they have not seen that. it would be a package to deal with averting the fiscal cliff. we can infer from that with what the president said before he went to the family vacation in hawaii that he wanted something that would be scaled down, not a massive grand bargain that would protect the current tax rate for people who earned less than $250,000 a year or perhaps a different figure if they reached that. but trying to protect the middle class. so officials here haven't seen it yet, but this
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to affect only people making over $1 million. are the differences bridgeable. ? kelly o'donnell, it's a great question. is this arithmetic ahead of us or does one side have to do better than the other in terms of closing in on the middle ground? >> reporter: all the dance we're seeing does give us some signs of optimism. both sides seem to be making some concessions. the loudest voices of complaint tend to be coming from people not directly in the room. we're hearing good things from the white house and the speaker's office about the potential for a deal but still it's tense. what you have with republicans is a change sort of in tone when they are now framing this issue as tax increases will happen january 1st as being baked in in the words of the speaker so the strategy for republicans is to try to save as many americans from a tax increase as possible. that's where you get the $1 million threshold. the white house came back, of course, at $400,000, and perhaps you can see they aren't in numbers that far off. the details, of course, are difficult. we expect that there will be a hou
is msnbc contributor and managing edtory of post politics.com and nbc capitol hill correspondent kelly o'donnell. chris, first to you. >> sure. >> we've been through this many, many times. >> we have. >> now, acknowledging that weapons and guns are not the only issue here, we have a much begger conversation to have about mental health, mental health support and violence in our society. what about guns, and what about any kind of legislative solution because it was never discussed during the campaign. >> right. here's what i would say. president obama noted last night at the memorial service in newtown, connecticut that, he had given speeches like this four times in his presidency. i would say the previous three times, however, he was not even close to as forceful and as assertive about the need for the country to change. critics will say he wasn't specific. i would say it's probably not the place where you get specific about what you would do. that was a difference. one other difference, washington post poll out today, you have a majority of people saying that this shooting was evidence of a bro
for holding us afloat. >> you know who has been gone a while and is back now? kelly o'donnell. she's with us right now. kelly, how angry -- i use that phrase angry instead of another phrase -- are the members of congress or specifically in the senate to be back in washington on the eve of new year's day for this ludicrous exercise in nothingness it appears. >> reporter: they've been conditioned over the last few years that haul days seem to equate with deadlines, which means they somehow end up here. there is a sense of frustration because for members coming back, if there isn't anything to vote on or being look at, they're in study hall if you will. that comes with the territory, and they know they have to do that. what's more encouraging is i talked to sources that said at a very senior level the top negotiators taxed by the white house and capitol hill to work on this deal have been talking, have been looking for ways where they could come up a little here, move around a little there, the typical part of negotiating. when you have a meeting like this afternoon which is seeing the presiden
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